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The Catholicate of the Malankara orthodox Syrian Church

The Catholicate of the Malankara orthodox Syrian Church The word ‘Catholicos’ means ‘the general head’ or ‘general bishop’. It can be considered as equivalent to ‘universal Bishop’. This title and rank is much more ancient than the title Patriarch in the church. In the ministry of the early church there were only three ranks namely; Episcopos (Bishop), Priest

The Last Paschal Meal of Our Lord and God Jesus Christ

The Last Paschal Meal of Our Lord and God Jesus Christ For Orthodox Christians the last Paschal meal of our Lord is the most crucial act of Christ, which is inseparably intertwined with His very act of self-immolation on the cross as a sacrificial Paschal Lamb, and it is the most pivotal act on which rest all the mysteries of human

Reflections On The Church Day

Reflections On The Church Day On 25th March, 2012, our Holy Church celebrates both the Annunciation celebration and the Catholicate Day together. Our Holy Forefathers who were biblical scholars consider the Holy Mother as the representative of the Church. May Her intercession and blessings be our strongholds.

Week 4 of Great Fast

Week 4 of Great Fast This morning is the fourth Sunday of the Great Lent – the Sunday of the Canaanite woman. While we go about our daily affairs in the world on the outside, on the inside the Lenten Fast is leading us in retreat from the vain noise of the world and into

Week 3 of Great Fast

Week 3 of Great Fast The paralytic may have been earnestly praying and hoping that he might be cured one day. He may have heard of the carpenter-rabbi from Nazareth, of his teachings, and of his miracles, and he may have thought that this man was his best hope for healing. He may have gotten

Holy Nativity Greetings from His Holiness

Holy Nativity Greetings from His Holiness In the blessed name of the Tri-une God, Self-existent, Beginningless and Endless, Perfect in Being, (Glory be to Him) Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan enthroned on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas Blessings to our beloved Vicars of the parishes, Priests of

Reflections on the Holy Nativity of Our Lord

Reflections on the Holy Nativity of Our Lord “The Virgin has Begotten the Wonderful; Let us go and Behold Him” Reflections on the Nativity of Christ Introduction When the Creator saw that man, who He had made with His own hands, perish, He was so moved that, “He bowed the heavens and came down”. The Feast of Nativity

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas This author has often heard many a people, especially in the West, using the pejorative phrase ‘Doubting Thomas’ to address St. Thomas, one of the twelve Disciples of Christ. This sarcasm has often pained me for it refers to my forefather. The case in point is the outcome of the

Orthodox Church and Sleeba Perunnal

Orthodox Church and Sleeba Perunnal In September we are at the ‘Sleeba Perunnal’, the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the instrument of salvation, on the 14th. This feast marks the discovery of the Holy Cross on which our Lord was crucified. In Greek and Latin this feast is called the ‘Exaltation of the

Worship, Prayer and Liturgy in the Orthodox Point of View

Worship, Prayer and Liturgy in the Orthodox Point of View To begin with, worship, prayer and liturgy mean not mere an intellectual exercise for the Orthodox, rather actions or activity where the body, soul and spirit are deeply involved in and totally engaged with. In other words, it is the total human being, as creation of God, involving him/herself in
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